John Cho is Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek XI.

In a shocking departure from previous casting announcements, the makers of the next Star Trek movie have hired an actor who is older than the actor who created the character. John Cho, of American Pie (1999-2003) and Harold and Kumar (2004-2008) fame, has been hired to play helmsman Hikaru Sulu. Cho is 35, whereas George Takei was 29 when he created the role.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05192245958769676651 P. Little

    But John Cho LOOKS about 21, so it still makes sense. When I read the reports about the casting and saw his age, I was actually shocked.

    Another really funny guy, though I’ve seen him pull off drama really well.

    Yes, I’m commenting a lot about the Trek stories, but well… let’s just say I’ve been to “Star Trek: The Experience” in Las Vegas 3 times in the last 5 years, and I’m part of a “drinking team” (even though I don’t drink at all, actually) called TEAM FRAKES.


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